For Immediate Release
The local Drinking Water Source Protection office is pleased to announce the reappointment of Michael Traynor as Chair of the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Committee. Mr. Traynor was reappointed as Chair for a three year term through to August 2016 by the Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment.
In the reappointment letter, the Minister of the Environment thanked Mr. Traynor for his ongoing leadership and commitment to the source protection program in Ontario. Minister Bradley noted that Committee Chairs have significantly contributed to advancing drinking water source protection for local communities. He thanked Chairman Traynor for his tremendous support to this program and noted that his “contribution and dedication to the clean and safe drinking water for the people of Ontario has been an invaluable service.”
The local Source Protection Committee submitted the Proposed Source Protection Plans to the Ministry of the Environment on August 8, 2012 for review. With comments and plan approval in the near future, the program is moving into the implementation stage. As per the Minister, critical roles of the Chair will include engaging senior municipal officials and business/community leaders and assisting these stakeholders to move into the implementation stage. Chairman Traynor’s leadership in this task and his ability to foster this collaboration will be key to the overall success of the program.
Chairman Traynor stated in response to the reappointment, “I am looking forward to the implementation stage once the review of our plan is complete.”
The core duties of the Chair of the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Committee include: directing the affairs of the Committee within its mandate as defined by the Clean Water Act and its regulations; and ensuring that the Committee carries out the responsibilities assigned to it or to its Chair under the Act. The Chair must regularly attend
and chair the meetings of the Committee, and comply with and enforce the Committee’s code of conduct and conflict of interest policy. As well, he is expected to continue to participate in meetings of the chairs of source protection committees held at the request of the Ministry of the Environment.
The Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region is one of nineteen Source Protection Regions in the Province of Ontario. It has an area of approximately 8500 sq km and a population of just over 157,000. It includes most of Grey and Bruce Counties and smaller portions of Huron and Wellington Counties. It also contains all, or portions of, 21 lower tier municipalities. The Region is home to two First Nation communities, the Chippewas of Nawash at Cape Croker on Georgian Bay and the Chippewas of Saugeen on the Lake Huron shoreline near Southampton. The Source Protection Region also includes the jurisdictions of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. There are 39 drinking water systems with over 60 wells and 9 intakes in this Region.
This reappointment is made pursuant to subsection 7 (4) of the Clean Water Act.
Additional details regarding Source Protection Committee Chairs for Ontario Source Protection Regions can be found on the Public Appointments Secretariat under Ministry of the Environment.
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